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Freeman Women's Pavilion receives honor

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Breast cancer survivor Amanda Gish finished her last day of radiation therapy on Monday, the ending to her breast cancer journey which unfolded in the Wes and Jan Houser Women's Pavilion at Freeman. The pavilion was recently designated a "Breast Imaging Center of Excellence" by the American College of Radiology.

"When you don't understand what's going on and you haven't had to deal with it before, to have someone that's confident is a big relief," Gish said.

Gish received services through the pavilion and help by its supervisor, Wendy Chrisenbery who admires Gish for her sunny disposition, even in the darker parts of the journey.

"We try to treat the whole patient. Not just the women's pavilion but our whole cancer program. That we try to meet all of the needs of that patient, whether it be their physical needs or their emotional needs," Chrisenbery said.

Beyond treatment, the pavilion sometimes helps financially through the form of their Helping Friends mammogram fund or through support groups that Chrisenbery facilitates on Facebook.

The honors indicate the pavilion is of highest standard in the fight against breast cancer.

"We meet the highest technical standards. So it's saying that everyone has the education they need, the training they need, our equipment is the top-notch and you also know just from experience that we are also going to provide you with the highest level of personal service, that we're going to treat every person who comes through our doors as an individual person and that we're going to treat them with the utmost respect and dignity that we can," Chrisenbery said.

The Wes and Jan  Houser Women's Pavilion is hosting "Muffins and mammograms" on October 22, an event where busy women can come on a Saturday for their breast examination.

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Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion Receives Top Honors

Facility Designated an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

 

Joplin, Mo. – Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion is the women’s imaging center for screening and diagnostic testing at Freeman Health System.

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound – including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“Whether it’s an annual mammogram or addressing a more serious concern, every woman deserves the best breast care and an opportunity to live a healthy life,” said Paula F. Baker, Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition says we are achieving the gold standard for all things related to breast services at Freeman.”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists, have determined that Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists, with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health services.

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